Posted on October 19, 2012 · Posted in Project Management, Risk, Risk Management, Tips and Tricks

So while this my seem like next to impossible, there are certain steps that a project manager can take to make sure his or her project is a success. Sure there are always challenges or obstacles to avoid and leap over, but if project managers follow these steps, the project’s outcome is bound to be positive.

  • Decision making – Decision making is always a crucial time for any project manager at any stage or milestone of a project. However, project managers know that most of the time they are responsible for everything but have none of the authority. While this may be true in many organizations, project managers do have the authority to make decisions…most of the time. Before making crucial project decisions, weigh all the pros and cons as well as the risks and potential consequences before making a decision. Project managers should ask themselves, “what are the risks involved?” “What are the consequences?” “How will this decision impact the project as a whole or the customer?”
  • Assessing risks – While this may seem self-explanatory and not necessarily a pertinent step in project success, think again. Although it takes time and planning up front and may not seem worth it, in the end it will be. Taking the time at the beginning of a project to assess risks will often times save time in the long run. While designing an entire risk management plan may be out of the question because scheduling is so tight, taking the time to acknowledge and assess the risks is incredibly beneficial and will save time and headaches throughout the project.
  • Communication – This is a biggie. They say that communication is one of the most important things in a relationship. The same goes for projects. Consider your project and the team members or vendors associated or working with you on your project a relationship. Open communication is the best policy because this will avoid problems down the line. There must be trust among team members and an open dialogue on all concerns, issues that arise, or anything else that should be addressed as a team on the project or to the customer.

While many may argue what the most important steps to a project may be, these three are definitely within the top ten. Of course successful project management steps greatly depend on the project, the product or service, and the organization, these items are beneficial to almost any project. These are also good methods and policies to implement regardless of how large or small the project or team is. Ensuring project success is an investment every project manager should make.

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